Why would the March 15 piece, Police use of vehicles of war raises debate, be the cause of debate? As I see it the crime-scene commander with police negotiators tried to get two armed men who were barricaded in their homes to stand down. One was shot; tear gas saved the day in the other incident. Fortunately, no police officer was injured.
In both instances, reinforcement came in the form of a heavily armored vehicle, the Bearcat. Is it overkill when it protects police officers and ends the confrontation with no officer going to the hospital or morgue? Any Miami-Dade resident who respects the law should welcome the use of this vehicle under the strict supervision of police administration. I believe it saves lives.
Palm Springs North